Terracotta arcade passageways at Schallaburg, © Helmut Lackinger

Great sacred moments

Abbeys and monasteries shape the face of Lower Austria; they are cradles of knowledge and education. In recent decades, many monasteries have opened their gates to visitors.

Many abbeys and monasteries have made their cultural treasures accessible to the public. Interested visitors can go on tours or through organized exhibitions to gain insights into the monastic world. Highly committed monasteries go even a step further. They invite the public to activities focusing on culture or spirituality. Art courses, retreats or a “downtime at the monastery” can help visitors better understand monastic life.